Indian-born, Turner prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has lived and worked in London for the past four decades. Since his England arrival in the early 1970s, Kapoor has created internationally acclaimed works of art, exhibited at prestigious venues across the globe.
He is renowned for his monumental idiosyncratic sculpture forms of grandiose proportions, which leaves viewers in a state of astonishment, and his current exhibition should be no exception.
From May 11 - June 23, Kapoor's 'Leviathan' will be shown in Paris, at Monumenta 2011. On May 11, Kapoor and Jean de Loisy, exhibition curator, will launch the event with a public discussion
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world . . . and I have a particular history with in, in that my first ever exhibition as a very young artist . . . was made here. So it's a particular connection for me. In the intervening 30 years, I've done very few things in Paris. So in a curious way, this is a kind of return, states Kapoor in a video interview (Monumenta's website.)
In 2008 the French Ministry for Culture and Communication approached Kapoor with an invitation to visit the Grand Palais. Entering the fourth year of Monumenta, the Ministry invited the contemporary artist to take on the design challenge -- to create an aesthetic and 'physical shock'. The 13,500-square-metere Nave of the Grand Palais will be the host of this event. Sitting adjacent to the Champs-Elysées, the event will no doubt be spectacular.
The Grad Palais is a building of extraordinary scale. The proposal for Monumenta, for me, has again to do with architecture in the sense that the work is attempting to make this big space into two sequential experiences, about a kind of inside and a kind out outside, of course all within the building. And that seems to complicate the seeming openness of the space, states Kapoor.
To read more about the exhibition click here.
See related slidshow here.